In our Terrific Two room we provide learning activities that encourage imaginative play. Whether it’s learning to talk, learning to share, or potty training; our program strives to meet the needs of each toddler in our care. The emphasis during the toddler years is on building self-confidence and fostering the natural curiosity that your child possesses. All Little Explorer classrooms are age specific where teachers provide a loving, stimulating setting. Your child’s teacher will continue to guide and encourage your Terrific Two yr. old in every stage of his or her development.
Physical Development & Health to include; interaction with environment, walking and running with coordination, fine motor skills, and maintenance of healthy growth.
Social Development to include; following directions, interaction with peers (to include back-and-forth play & sharing), relationship with other children, and responding to others feelings.
Emotional Development to include; feeling secure, identity of self, perseverance & satisfaction with progress, emotional regulation and impulse control.
Language and Literacy Development to include; understanding of directions, expressing needs wants & interests, listening to books and responding appropriately.
Cognitive Development to include; cause and effect, special relationships, imitation, recognition of different amounts of things, and understanding object’s connection to each other.
Routines to include; understanding personal care and sleep routines.
Having Fun! Learning standards are great, but at Little Explorer’s Learning Center all children have fun too!
Two yr olds Developmental Domains
Expressive Art, Personal & Social Development
- Build relationships with staff and children within the class.
- Encourage children to join in with each other’s games and ideas.
- Encourage children to express their needs i.e. collecting their own water bottles etc.
- Encourage children to respond to appropriate boundaries.
- Promote independence.
- Explore new toys and environments.
- Begin to learn some things are theirs, some things are to be shared and somethings belong to others.
- Introduce new songs and rhymes.
- Begin to develop make believe play.
- Explore a range of sensory experiences.
- Encourage children to join in with actions and songs.
- Explore media and materials.
- Pretends one object represents another.
- Introduce simple stories and rhymes.
- Beginning to have favorite stories and rhymes.
- Encourage children to handle books with care
- Encourage enjoyment of books.
- Repeat familiar phrases from stories.
- Experiment with climbing at different levels.
- Develop fine motor skills different materials, copy simple shapes i.e. circles and lines.
- Continue with toilet training routines.
- Encourage independence in self-care i.e. helping to put on own coats, shoes and washing own hands.
- Try new foods and textures.
Understanding the World
- Develop friendships amongst the group.
- Repeat actions that have cause and effect.
- Enjoys pictures and stories about themselves.
- Enjoy playing with small world activities i.e. train track, farm animals etc.
- Encourage children to tidy up.
- Children to explore the changing weather and nature found in the center garden.
Communication and Language
- Enjoys rhymes and tries to join in with words and actions.
- Encourage the use of familiar nouns.
- Develop the use of unfamiliar nouns.
- Children to concentrate for a few minutes on an activity of interest.
- Encourage children to ask simple questions.
- Identify actions in stories.
- Encourage children to give eye contact to an adult when talking.
- Filing and emptying.
- Beginning to use mathematical language i.e. a lot, more, full and empty.
- Children to explore jigsaw puzzles.
- Begin to be able to sort objects.
- Encourage the use of number names.
- Recognizing big and small objects.
- Introduce numbers through the enjoyment of songs and rhymes.
- Encourage children to recite number names in sequence through rhyme.
- 1:1 Correspondence
- Explore weather and seasonal changes using a range of sensory experiences.
- Support children with climbing.
- Support new starters with free flow.